Because nothing sells like contempt for other people's consumption choices, Pamela Paul has written a book called PARENTING, INC. How We Are Sold on $800 Strollers, Fetal Education, Baby Sign Language, Sleeping Coaches, Toddler Couture, and Diaper Wipe Warmers — And What It Means for Our Children. From Kate Zernike's New York Times review:
As Pamela Paul chronicles in her occasionally frightening account, "Parenting, Inc.," my generation of parents has fallen into the grips of Big Baby. Pushed by a host of factors — the guilt and exhaustion of working parents, the dispersion of family networks that once passed knowledge from generation to generation, the pressure of admissions from preschool to college, and a culture that worships all things celebrity (including its offspring) — we are intimidated or bamboozled into buying all sorts of goods and services that we not only don't need, but that may harm our children…
"It may sound like a leap to go from baby toys to the death of democracy, but it's a valid concern," she approvingly quotes a child advocate saying. "A democratic populace relies on people who know how to think critically, who are willing and able to take action."
The pictured diamond-studded, democracy-killing faux nipple can be had for a mere $17,000.